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    I take my camera everywhere I go. I bring it in every night when I get home from work. If I leave it in the car while Im at work will the cold weather hurt anything ? It is in a case and I usually put a blanket over it so nobody can see it. I just wasnt sure how it would take being in the car for 8 hrs in the cold. Thanks as always for your feedback.
     
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    It might kill your batteries, but other than that it should be fine.
     
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    It won't kill your batteries but they won't perform well cold, like under 32 degrees, until they warm back up
     
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    Other than what's been mentioned, you may find it missing as well.
     
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    I left a lens in the car overnight a week or two ago. Brought it in the next morning, it had a considerable amount of condensation on it. Just the outside, if I remember, but I had to wait for the glass to warm up before it would stop accumulating condensation.
     
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    The only thing that will do anything is bringing your camera in and out of the cold on a very regular basis. This will cause condensation. If that ever happens, just take the lens and filters off, and leave it in a warm room overnight, should clear everything up.

    If you plan on using the camera after work, take the battery inside with you. This will keep it warm.
     
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    Im not worried about that. You have to have a key card to get in the gate and there are like 20 cameras overlooking the parking area. But if it wasnt for that I wouldnt do it.
     
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    While this will work, prevention is better. Unless the camera is waterproof the condensation can lead to corrosion and subsequent failure. If you seal the cold camera in a tightly fitting waterproof container (simple ZipLock bag, ...) before entering the warm environment, the condensation will form on the outside of the container/bag and not on the electronic circuits.
     
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    Agreed. In the winter I carry one of those big, black, plastic garbage bags in my camera bag for just this purpose. If the camera and I have been in cold for any length of time, the entire camera bag goes in the garbage bag and stays sealed up overnight.
     

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